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#1 Guest_MIt_*

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:46 PM

Has anyone on this board ridden Pullman Rail Journeys, the service attached to City of New Orleans?  We have booked a trip this year and wanted to know what you thought of the service and its value.  Also I have heard that on less than full trips the dome diner is dropped, is this true?  Without a diner how do they manage dinner what is the quality?

 

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:46 PM

Shouldn't this be in the private varnish forum (attachment to the CONO notwithstanding)? Also, seems it'd be better to ask the company directly about diner policy, and if they don't want to tell you that'd be a red flag. Hope someone here has been aboard and can answer the value inquiry.
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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:59 PM

I question if Any Land Cruise of this Type is Worth the Really High Fare including Regular Price on VIAs Canadian unless One is Wealthy and Has Money to Burn!  It's Great to Ride Old Equipment Trains, but since this is hooked to the back of the CONO  to New Orleans on a Single overnight Route    I'd have to say that I would rather spend the Money on the Canadian or Rocky Mountaineer   or even a Trip to Europe or Asia and then Ride Great Trains!!

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:32 AM

I question if Any Land Cruise of this Type is Worth the Really High Fare including Regular Price on VIAs Canadian unless One is Wealthy and Has Money to Burn!  It's Great to Ride Old Equipment Trains, but since this is hooked to the back of the CONO  to New Orleans on a Single overnight Route    I'd have to say that I would rather spend the Money on the Canadian or Rocky Mountaineer   or even a Trip to Europe or Asia and then Ride Great Trains!!

YMMV

 

Sorry, but I don't think it's n line with this forum's usual openness to tell people, you shouldn't be asking here. Sometimes when I want to know something i ask on different forums or sources and its sometimes interesting to compare results. As for comparison to other land-cruise trains, Pullman Rail Journeys is rather at the low-cost end of the spectrum (not much more expensive than a high-bucket sleeper bedroom), so I don't think it's completely fair to make a level comparison to trains that are in a clearly higher category.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:10 PM

Cirdan... I  think you misquoted Jim Hudson instead of Whooz correct? Cause Jim was just giving his opinion. Which I agree with. 

 

I've been watching the Pullman discounts.. I sorta have always wanted to travel in a Pullman Section, but 4 nights on the Canadian is too many for me, so this would be a good chance. I ride the City now and then and if a Section was only "slightly" less than a Roomette on Amtrak it would be very tempting. If all the cars are operating then dinner in a dome diner and drinks in the tail car should would be cool. 

 

I have ridden in Iowa Pacific cars when they were on charter trains, they are VERY nice. They know how to make a car look lovely. 


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:07 PM

Cirdan... I  think you misquoted Jim Hudson instead of Whooz correct? Cause Jim was just giving his opinion. Which I agree with. 

 

I've been watching the Pullman discounts.. I sorta have always wanted to travel in a Pullman Section, but 4 nights on the Canadian is too many for me, so this would be a good chance. I ride the City now and then and if a Section was only "slightly" less than a Roomette on Amtrak it would be very tempting. If all the cars are operating then dinner in a dome diner and drinks in the tail car should would be cool. 

 

I have ridden in Iowa Pacific cars when they were on charter trains, they are VERY nice. They know how to make a car look lovely. 

:hi: You are Correct Sir, Thanks! And if the Price for one of these PV Trips on the CONO was just a Little More than a CONO Roomette (which Generally are a Good Deal!) I'd go for that also! But Thousands of Dollars for a Train Ride, No!! ;)


Edited by jimhudson, 07 June 2013 - 05:08 PM.

 
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:16 PM

Sorry, but I don't think it's n line with this forum's usual openness to tell people, you shouldn't be asking here.

The thread was put in the wrong area of the site, something that was fixed by the crack moderation staff even before you commented.
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:45 PM

Pullman appears to be having a 25% off sale through June 30th (it's on the website.. one of the rotating banner ads. They also advertise it on the Pullman facebook page).  25% off an upper Berth would be $375. I just checked a sample roomette rate for the City and it was $293.  Now one would be losing the privacy of a room, but for one overnight you still get a bed. Well actually... you get a REAL Pullman berth with bedding. All the drink are included as well.  Hmm... now I'm thinking...  


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:52 PM

Pullman appears to be having a 25% off sale through June 30th (it's on the website.. one of the rotating banner ads. They also advertise it on the Pullman facebook page).  25% off an upper Berth would be $375. I just checked a sample roomette rate for the City and it was $293.  Now one would be losing the privacy of a room, but for one overnight you still get a bed. Well actually... you get a REAL Pullman berth with bedding. All the drink are included as well.  Hmm... now I'm thinking...  

Thats not a Bad Deal, Book it Danno! ;) (I spent One Night in a Section  Berth  on the Canadian on my Discount Fare Trip in Feb.  and found it More Comfortable than the Cabin for One (we call it a Roomette!)that I had the Other Three Nights on the way from Vancouver to Toronto!)


Edited by jimhudson, 07 June 2013 - 05:56 PM.

 
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:04 PM

I rode the CONO CHI-NOL on Sat/Sunday and we passed the NB along Pontchartrain.  The PRJ cars on the back were one sleeper and the rounded observation lounge Pontchartrain Club.  I am booked on the NB tomorrow up to CHI and will let you know if the dome is on.  It's a big reason I booked the trip, but I suppose it wouldn't do me any good to get upset if it's absent.  Still a hell of a deal to ride in such style!



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:39 PM

Looking forward to hearing ALL the details please! I would be disappointed if there was no dome. I wish they would make it clear what equipment is planned to operate.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:16 AM

Guest_Bill, how was your trip? Which equipment did they use?

 

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:59 PM

I'll write a real quick report in the trip reports if I can find a spare minute tomorrow.....off of relaxing on trains and back to the daily grind!

Apparently we had some mechanical issues, so we ended up leaving a sleeper and the observation car behind in NOL.  We did, however; have the dome, so I was happy to have it!

 



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:16 PM

I'll write a real quick report in the trip reports if I can find a spare minute tomorrow.....off of relaxing on trains and back to the daily grind!

Apparently we had some mechanical issues, so we ended up leaving a sleeper and the observation car behind in NOL.  We did, however; have the dome, so I was happy to have it!

 

Thanks Bill, booked for travel next month and interested in how things are going.

 

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 01:06 PM

Has anyone seen or heard anything on the current consists of the Pullman Rail Journeys service?

 

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:01 PM

Any news? Did Bill ever write a trip report (I never saw it...). 

 

I'm still very curious about how this operation is doing and what type of service it is operating (as in I want to read a real world review). 


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:28 AM

Hello

I am new to this but i did want to tell what i know about Pullman Rail Journey.

We rode the PRJ private Pullman cars in late June-New Orleans to Chicago. It was great. Food and service was very good.

 

There were two cars-neither was the Dome diner. The tail car was Adirondack club and the other was a sleeper-Chebanese i think.

 

When we got on  in New Orleans we had a light lunch and drinks at three or four tables in the Adirondack   Sort of like the tables on Amtrak-fixed to wall.  Had dinner and breakfast same places.  Food was very good-not gourmet but we weren't expecting that. For dinner the choices were steak or fish or chicken-steak was very good and cooked medium.

 

The attendants were attentive and well informed. If we wanted to talk they did but if no one struck up a conversation they were fairly quiet.  The conductor was very personable as well.  The car, the Adirondack club, is typical Pullman obs w kitchen.  It has observation area, tables, then a small kitchen, then Drawing room and a couple of bedrooms.  It is a mid train obs car not a rounded one. 

 

The rooms and beds were very comfortable but w any Pullman bedroom it is tight.  But not as tight as Amtrak.  The upper bunk has more room than the Superliner uppers.  The rooms and service were well worth it I thought. If he, Mr Ellis, had these 2 or 3 cars on the Crescent, City of New Orleans, Lakes Shore I'd never have to ride Amtrak again.  I doubt they'll get that far but this was fun and civilized, but pricey.  I am going again in August and the girl on the phone said it will be only two cars again. The conductor said that particular week in August the Dome diner was chartered out. 

There was a sl problem w the A/C just out of New Orleans-got a little warm. Things got better after Jackson when it cooled off some.  Hope that is fixed.  According to a friend who lives close to the IC mainline there are only two cars most of the time. 

 

Talking to the reservations girl at PRJ is sl difficult-Iwanted to add a friend in a lower berth in August and she said the trip was full-a total of 8 people. Doesn't make alot of sense.

 

Hope this was helpful and informative.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:25 PM

Thank you so much! I greatly enjoyed reading this. It's sad it's only 2 cars most trips, the dome diner is one of the reasons I would want to take the trip.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 05:03 PM

:hi: Thanks for posting! Not a lot of people go to New Orleans in August so I'm surprised the Rez Clerk said they were Full with only 8 Passengers! Personally I'd rather spend the Money on the Candian than on a 2 Car PV   trip to NOL in August! VIA keeps having really Good Specials, check out their web site (via.ca)and consider taking a ride on the Canadian, Dome Cars and Budd cars Galore! ;)

 

I personally think the jury is still out on whether or not this Company will be  successful but do wish them Luck!


Edited by jimhudson, 20 July 2013 - 05:04 PM.

 
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:27 PM

Thanks for the info!  I am on the Southbound (Chi –NOL) Pullman Rail Journey outing tomorrow which is scheduled to have 3 to 4 cars including the full dome. The wife and I are looking forwarded to a great trip and will report out on the trip, the equipment and the service upon my return next week!  I will also try to post photos.

 

 

 

Regards,

 

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